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Another weekend of load shedding begins

Reports say power has been down in areas including Johannesburg and Pretoria since 6am.

Reports say power has been down in areas including Johannesburg and Pretoria since 6am. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom technicians have begun with urgent maintenance with load shedding underway around the country.

Reports say power has been down in areas including Johannesburg and Pretoria since 6am, with the Western Cape affected as well.

One of the organisers at the Franshoek Wine Festival said they've had no electricity since 8am.

The power system is severely constrained due to limited diesel reserves, weather conditions and ongoing problems at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

Earlier this month a coal silo at Majuba collapsed and that led to rolling blackouts across the country.

This weekend, however, limited generating capacity is due to the urgent planned maintenance.

BLACKOUTS COULD CONTINUE UNTIL NEXT YEAR

Eskom warned this week that rolling blackouts could continue into next year, as the power grid has come under strain due to a number of problems in recent months.

Generating capacity has been an issue for some time and this can only be rectified once new power stations come online.

The utility's Tony Stott says one of the main reasons for the blackouts this weekend is due to maintenance locally and abroad.

"We normally get 1,500 megawatts from Cahora-Bassa in Mozambique and they will be doing maintenance on Sunday, so for the majority of Sunday we won't have access to those megawatts."

Customers can plan ahead and check the load shedding schedules by clicking here.

Last weekend, there were rolling blackouts throughout the country and the system was extremely tight, with the wet weather in Gauteng adding to a difficult two days for consumers.

Meanwhile, the Hawks are investigating a possible syndicate after two Eskom employees were caught trying to defraud the power utility of billions of rands.

The pair was apprehended along with an accomplice during a sting operation at the weekend following a two month investigation.

Alarm bells were raised by Eskom when they picked up fraudulent activity within their information technology department.

It's understood they had interfered with Eskom's payroll system in an attempt to siphon of over R3 billion.

The Hawks' Paul Ramaloko says they have a reason to believe there is a bigger syndicate at play.

Customers can check the load shedding schedules by clicking here.

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